Saturday, December 20, 2008
This miniature deserves to be more popular. I often wonder why it is not part of cactus and succulent offering afterall some of the assortment offered can be rather slow growing plants. This dry growing bromeliad originates from Argentina and Bolivia. It has been in cultivation for a long time, in particular in dry gardens of mediterranean climate. I have seen it grown outdoors at Huntington BG in California. Hermann Jacobsen has it in his classic Lexicon of Succulent plants (a wonderful grandfather of succulent books for the hobbyist). It detests wet or compacted mix and does best in a gritty and free draining media. While each rosette is only around 1", it eventually offsets and forms a mould given good strong light, time and space. Be sure not to accidentally brush against or fall in the pot, the needle sharp pointed leaves can really draw blood.